Four or five classes. Homework. Playing for a club or intramural sports team. Maybe a few extracurriculars. All of these seem like a normal part of the life of an average student at UNC.
What might seem anything but ordinary is the fact that a student secured a spot in a government office, even more so when they’ve been on campus for less than two months. But that’s exactly what Adejuwon Ojebuoboh has managed to do.
At its meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Orange County Commissioners considered the applications of nominees hoping to be appointed to several different county commissions, ranging from the County Parks and Recreation Council to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee.
Orange County Assistant Deputy Clerk Thom Freeman said the nominations are submitted to the commissioners several days before the meeting they are meant to be discussed at. All of the appointees were confirmed via a unanimous 7-0 vote on Tuesday.
But that’s not to say there isn’t novelty with the introduction of each nominee, which is exactly what the addition of Ojebuoboh brings to the Orange County Affordable Housing Advisory Board.
At age 18, he is the youngest member on the board. As a young Black adult, he said he wants to provide a fresh perspective to the body on how housing issues affect the community.
Ojebuoboh said Tai Huynh first inspired him to apply for the position. Huynh announced his candidacy for the Chapel Hill Town Council in April. Huynh has served as the vice chairperson of the Housing Advisory Board for the Town of Chapel Hill since May 2017, which is how Ojebuoboh first heard about the position.
Ojebuoboh does have a background in politics, though. He was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, a small, coastal city in the state’s southeast. He lived there for several years, later moving to Nigeria for one year and to Canada for three before returning to Jacksonville in fifth grade.
In Jacksonville, he was involved in work for the community, serving as an intern in the office of the city manager and as chairperson of the Jacksonville Youth Council. He also started a political nonprofit organization, The Institute for Effective Change, which just attained 501(c)3 status from the IRS, he said.